Baby’s Name: Iain Marshall
Date of Birth: Aug 27th
Original Due Date: Sept 4th
Weeks Pregnant: 39w
Height: 19.5 inches
Weight: 8 lbs 4oz
Since Claire’s birth turned out to be an urgent c-section, we decided that we’d do the safest route for both baby & mama and scheduled a repeat c-section. They usually schedule repeat c/s a week prior to the due date in order to minimize the chances of uterine rupture and other complications. Originally I was supposed to be scheduled for Tuesday, Aug 28th but the L&D dept at the hospital was scheduled to have their computer system upgraded on that Tuesday, so I got scheduled for Monday instead.
This delivery was completely unlike Claire’s in that everything was different. Since it was scheduled, we really had no stress throughout the process. Paul’s parents showed up Sunday evening to take charge of Claire, and we had an evening to just get everything ready for Monday including baking cookies for the nurses. Monday we had to wake up early in order to get showered and to the hospital between 6-6:30am. I didn’t get to see Claire before we left the house but I knew I left her in good hands with Grandma & Grandpa Brown. At the hospital, we got checked in and went through all the stuff to get ready for surgery.
A little background here: Prior to Monday, an OR nurse called to get everything ready on Friday. During that conversation, she asked “Is there anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable?” It was the only time I ever remember requesting a specific different person in service. In Claire’s labor, the anesthesiologist that I had really made it a terrible experience for me. I asked the nurse for someone other than “Dr. so-and-so”, specifically mentioning that I did NOT want that person. The nurse quickly obliged and said she would put it in my chart and also call the anesthesiology dept to note the request in their schedule. Monday morning came, and a different doctor came into my room to talk about anesthesiology and I was SO grateful & immediately relaxed. It was seriously a horrible experience the first time and I did not want a repeat. I’ve never professionally critiqued someone before so that was huge for me to ask for someone different.
I was feeling good about everything, ready to walk to the OR, and we seriously were about to leave the room, when I hear a female voice outside my room say her name and come in. My face was probably totally white with mouth ajar at that moment because in walks the specific anesthesiologist that I had requested NOT be there. Apparently the previous doctor was called to a different surgery, so this person was “filling in” for my surgery. I nearly started crying right then and there and anxiety washed over me.
So, I just started praying and I had no idea what to pray except, “Oh God, please God, please…” and that was about all I could say until the spinal was in and it had turned out fine. When they got me all prepped they were just about to call the doctor in when they found out she was called into another delivery. Good thing those spinals last 3 hrs since we had to wait a while longer. It was actually just fine because the nurses could just take their time getting everything ready and it was just a very low-stress atmosphere. The OB finally came and we had a baby!
Paul has a pretty sensitive stomach but I was surprised when started watching the surgery from the beginning. I saw his eyes get really wide in many spots but he says it was because he was so surprised by how much force they use during this surgery. For instance, he said that both doctors had hold of either side of my muscles around the opening and were tugging in opposite directions to stretch the cavity opening wider. He also said that they “double-fisted it” when pushing my belly to push Iain out. Apparently there’s some very good reasons why this surgery hurts so badly and why the recovery is so long!
As soon as Iain was out, I heard his little alien cry as they suctioned out his nose & throat. I also got to watch them do all of the assessments and I remember everything about it (I hardly remember anything from Claire’s at all). When we got back to the recovery room, they put Iain on my chest for some skin-to-skin contact and within a minute he made his way to my breast and started breastfeeding naturally. He had an amazing latch from the very beginning and has been a phenomenal eater ever since!
Only 4 days into it, I can already tell some things are evident with him. Iain is definitely going to be a “sucker”, whether it be a pacifier or his fingers. He’s constantly sucking on something (usually my boob) but his hands and fingers are his other option at the moment. He loves to be snuggled, which means he can easily fall into the trap of being held too much and then not going down any other way, but I love cuddling with him and rubbing his head and skin because they are so soft! He’s been cluster feeding during the day which means at night we’ve been able to get 4-6 hrs of continuous sleep before he wakes up again. Paul’s been helping me by changing his diaper to wake him up a little before I feed him. After feeding him, I pump the extra to build up a supply so I’m usually up for about an hour or so before getting to lay down again.
That’s the story of Iain’s birth and if you care to see photos, you can go to Paul’s gallery here to view them.